What happens if you’re a homeless person in Toronto and need a shelter?
Posted November 06, 2018 04:23:49 It’s easy to forget, but homeless people in Toronto are vulnerable to mental health and addiction issues, according to a report released this week.
The report by the Toronto-based Center for Research on Homelessness and Poverty (CRHPP) outlines the barriers to mental illness and addiction among homeless people across the GTA.
“While there are many other factors at play, homelessness and mental health are key issues in our cities,” said senior research fellow and director of the CRHPP, Jennifer Phelan.
“Our research indicates that homeless people living in Toronto have higher rates of mental health problems than the general population.
While the majority of people who are homeless are not violent, they are vulnerable and suffer from serious mental health issues.”
Among homeless people, women are disproportionately affected by mental health conditions, according the report.
“We know that women are more likely to experience mental health challenges,” said Phelas.
“Men are more at risk, as they are more exposed to domestic violence and sexual violence and the violence against women.”
There are many services available for homeless people.
In fact, Toronto’s mental health services have been underfunded for many years, and the city’s homeless services have also been under-funded.
“This is not an issue that we see as unique to Toronto.
The funding is there to address homelessness,” said Karen Hickey, director of homelessness services at the Toronto Police Service (TPS).
“We’ve got a long way to go in terms of funding services that are providing the services that we need to address mental health needs in our communities.”
What are the key issues for homeless Toronto residents?
Mental health conditions and substance abuse are prevalent in the homeless population.
“There are a number of mental disorders that impact on mental health, which are not necessarily linked to homelessness,” explained Hickey.
“The main issue is mental health.
It’s not just substance abuse, but there are a lot of other factors that impact that.”
Mental health issues are often intertwined with substance abuse and mental illness.
“Mental health and substance use can co-exist, and people may have issues with both,” said Hickey when asked about how people who struggle with substance use relate to those who live on the street.
Mental health and drug abuse are also linked.
“It’s important to remember that mental health is an underlying issue that needs to be addressed,” she said.
What’s happening to homeless people?
Homeless people are living on the streets in Toronto because of a lack of affordable housing.
“For many people who have lived on the ground, the only options are to live on social assistance, and sometimes they’re not able to afford to buy their own home,” said Gwen McClelland, a Toronto-area homelessness specialist.
“So it’s been a struggle for them.”
People are also struggling to find housing.
According to the CRP, the city is struggling to meet its housing needs.
“They’re not meeting their housing needs,” said McCleland.
“In fact, we know that many of the homeless people we’re seeing are living in the same houses that they lived in for a long time.”
Homeless people in shelters and temporary shelters are at a disadvantage, as their conditions are often less stable.
“People are not living in safe conditions, and so they are at risk of living in conditions that are unsafe,” said Kiki Molloy, an advocate for the shelter industry in Toronto.
“I’ve been there myself.”
What’s the biggest challenge for Toronto’s homeless population?
There is a huge gap between the number of homeless people and the amount of money they can access.
In the last three years, the federal government has allocated $11 billion to help homeless people through the Canada Housing First initiative, but this has not been enough to provide a safe place to live.
“Toronto has a huge problem with homelessness,” McCleld says.
“If we don’t address the needs of the city, we are going to see people in need of our services being turned away and being turned back on the sidewalk.”
In addition to the funding gap, there is a lack and lack of awareness of mental illness among the homeless.
“Most of the time, people are unaware that mental illness is a major issue for them and that it is a health issue,” said Molloys.
It can be really scary.” “
A lot of times, people don’t even know what mental health means, or what mental illness means.
It can be really scary.”
In many cases, homeless people are not aware of the challenges that homelessness brings to them.
“Housing First has been successful in providing some support and support to homeless youth, but we’re just not seeing it in their lives,” said Eileen Johnson, president and CEO of the Toronto Homeless Alliance.
“Even for youth who are